We are nearing the end of the Alphabet. Annette from A Net in Time and I have had so much fun with this new venture we tried out. We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have!
This week we are up to the Letter U. I feel sad as each new letter goes by. I am not ready for it to be done. I am not prepared to start again, but I would love to! For this week, I have picked the word Ugly, as in The Ugly Truth About Homeschooling.
Now, I want to fill you in on The Ugly Truth About Homeschooling that I have slowly learned over the years. While there are many unknown things you will be worried about…how will my kids learn if I am not a college graduate in teaching? How will my kids make friends when they are home all day every day? How will I keep the house clean, the food on the table, the clothes washed and folded? Yes, these are things you will worry about, but guess what? You don't need to!
Ok, so, the first ugly truth, your child will learn. It doesn't matter what your college degree was in, or even if you have one at all! I personally took some college classes, but never graduated. My kids are learning Latin, Biology and Algebra just fine. There are so many resources available to you, you don't have to worry.
Ugly truth number two, friends. My first question, are you really going to keep your kids locked up in the house all day every day? If you are planning this route, I have nothing more for you. But honestly, I love finding ways to get my kids out of the house! We have a great church that has a great children's program. Many of the kids at church are homeschooled as well, so we can tweak schedules and meet whenever it works for us.
Besides church, there are many other options for kids to be social with others their age. We have the option to allow our children to play in the sports of their choice within our school district. We also have things like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. We have options for co-ops, which also help with the lesson planning and we have a local 4-H group that is available to attend.
Ugly truth number three, you will always find a way to feed your family. Even if it is simply cereal for supper some nights. You make sure they go to bed with a full tummy and you know you did your best for the day. There is no rule saying that you must have a 5-course meal ready for your family to eat 3 times a day. Have your kids help you plan the meal. Turn it into a lesson plan, plan the meal, shop for the meal on a budget, and prepare the meal. Oh, and of clean up after comes with the deal!
Ugly Truth number who knows anymore! Mom, it will all be just fine. Your kids will be fine. There will be time later for a spotless house and 5 course meals. You will find a routine that works for your family, and it probably won't be on Pinterest, unless you put it there. This whole homeschool journey can be ugly at times, but the beautiful outweigh the ugly and make it worth it. You and your journey are not like everyone else, and the ugly truth is, you will have to make it your own instead of finding a how-to manual someplace. There just isn't one of those to be found.